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Summer Sanctuary Paperback – May 1, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
The tenderness and the acceptance that these kids show each other is very touching. If only there were more people that could be so different from each other and yet still help one another learn from those differences. This is a quick and easy story to read, it did have a lot of sitting around a tree talking, some religious overtones (Matthews father is a preacher), a little science and even some music. These kids are gentle and kind, they show warmth and encouragement and all of this in a young, pre-teen boy who is finding his own heart full of friendship and good will toward someone he has only just met. Sad is some parts but over all an uplifting story that could be read by any age group. The science gets a bit technical in places and then the end is abrupt, leaving just a small piece of me wondering if that was it.
The boy befriends a girl, and learns about her tough spot. I am not going to give away the plot- but he goes out of his way, and breaks a few rules, and helps her out.
There are Christian blips throughout the book- and many of them were really neat! However, it seemed like an equal number of justifications for breaking any rules that his parents or his Church had set forth seemed to happen too... so again, I am unsure of who the audience is supposed to be.
As a parent, I would not want my child reading this unless I used it as a teachable point of the dozens of things this boy was doing wrong- things that could have ended up being dangerous or destructive. As an adult reader, this book just made me feel sorry for both the boy and the girl, and the abrupt ending left me saying, "Woah- WHAT? That's it???"
If you are looking for a story with a climax and a wrapped up ending, this is not the book for you. There was no real struggle to overcome for the kids- it was more of a "biding time journal" of events.
Dinah is on the run from Child Welfare, waiting for her mom to come home and get her. But until then she needs a place to hang out and hide. Matthew takes an instant liking to Dinah, and offers her his friendship and a sanctuary. The two new friends share ideas, laughter, music and companionship over the next few weeks, forging a strong bond in the process.
Matthew never expects to get so close to this homeless girl, and their time spent together is all too brief. Will they stay in touch by email, as Dinah suggests, or will time apart bring inevitable distance? But in the moments they do have together, they touch each other in ways neither could anticipate.
Summer Sanctuary is a warm and tender story of two teens who find true friendship in a world that is often much too harsh. Matthew and Dinah are interesting and deep characters, and I enjoyed getting to know them both. I highly recommend this beautiful story for all who long to still find caring and goodness in humanity.
Reviewer: Alice Berger
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nicely written without being predictable. This is a good one for young readers. It's a coming of age kind of story.Published 12 months ago by Paget Clark
What a nice wholesome read! Really enjoyed the characters! Would like to see what happens next:-)Published 19 months ago by Michael B.
Screened this to see if it was appropriate for my great nephew. At 12 he may not be quite mature enough, so I will let his mother decide. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dora
I thought it might end up being really cheesy, what with the pastor kid conceit and the home school motif, but it emerges deeper and provoked thought beyond anything one might... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Snowy
Really enjoyed it all the way till the end. not much of an ending would like to have more of a wrap up.Published 20 months ago by Ocean Breeze